Where are you, right now, today? What does Square One look like?
Part of preparing in “body” means being very honest about your world. What’s your daily life like, your weekly life? Who are the players in your world? Map it all out. Look at TODAY. Paint a picture of your setting, and then figure out what your new life will look like when you’ve made this commitment to achieving a healthy weight. Because today’s the day, you know. Start here. Square One.
But where is “here?” How are you going to know where “there” is if you don’t understand “here?”
If you know where “here” is, then you can define success for yourself.
You’ve got challenges. You’ve got barriers. You’ve got problems. Everybody does. So let’s name them and deal with them. Recognize the hand you’ve been dealt – or that you’ve dealt yourself – and do something about it. You’ve got medical barriers, life barriers, mental barriers, time and money barriers – recognize them and beat them.
You may have medical issues to consider – arthritis, a heart condition, asthma. I have asthma. I used it as an excuse to be inactive for a long, long time. But my situation is much more under control now that I’m in shape. Whatever your issues may be, they aren’t excuses – they’re challenges. Craft your plan accordingly. Let me say here that some people truly have metabolic or hormonal disorders or conditions that hinder their efforts at weight loss. Very few people. If you are one of those people, then you’re under a physician’s supervision. With that help, you can get to a healthy weight. The point of naming your barriers is not to feel sorry for yourself, or to blame yourself. The point of naming them is to squash them!
Get what we call a “baseline.” How much do you weigh, what’s your blood pressure, what are your cholesterol levels? What’s your pants size, what are your measurements? Take a picture of yourself, full body. Be completely honest. We have to know where you stand, where your starting line is, so we can see the journey.
Do you know how many times I hear people say, “I don’t know how I let myself go?” They get disgusted with themselves and crawl, discouraged, back into their holes, away from the starting line. Back to Square Negative One.
We’re not here to be negative. We’re not allowed to blame anybody – not our parents, not ourselves, not society. No matter how bad you think things are, you CAN do it. You can stand at the starting line, and you can take that first step. That’s all it takes. And then the next step comes, and the next. And another challenge comes up – a child gets sick, a parent gets sick, you change jobs, a relationship begins or ends, you go on vacation, the weather gets too cold or too hot, and all of a sudden, you’ve given up.
So look your challenges in the eye, and smack them down. Commit, today, right now, and say that you’re not going to put up with anything less than you deserve. Right now. Today. You don’t have time to exercise? Oh, yeah? Who won Dancing With The Stars last season? Who got shot at Mercy Hospital? Who won The Biggest Loser?
You don’t know what to eat? Oh, yeah? Which is better for you, a plate of spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread, or a piece of grilled chicken, some green beans, and a salad?
You may have some learning to do, but you’re not starting from scratch!
Now … what are you going to do about it?